Darius Rucker Opens Up About Drug Arrest: 'It Is What It Is'

Country star Rucker discusses new memoir and past struggles

by Zain ul Abedin
Darius Rucker Opens Up About Drug Arrest: 'It Is What It Is'
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Darius Rucker recently addressed his February arrest on misdemeanour drug charges in Tennessee, describing the circumstances around the incident in a conversation with Craig Melvin on TODAY. The Grammy-winning artist and Hootie & the Blowfish frontman revealed that the arrest followed a routine stop by police while he was helping friends move, leading to a surprising turn of events nearly a year later.

Rucker recounted the day, stating, "I was going to a friend’s house, they were moving and asked me to take some stuff." The situation escalated when he was stopped by police, only to be let go shortly after. However, the ordeal didn't end there.

"It was a year later that I got a phone call saying there was a warrant for my arrest," Rucker added. Despite the charges still pending, Rucker, aged 57, expressed a calm demeanor about the legal situation, indicating his legal team was handling the matter.

On February 1, in Williamson County, Rucker was booked on two counts of simple possession/casual exchange of a controlled substance, along with a violation of the state’s vehicle registration law. Mark Puryear, Rucker's attorney, confirmed in February that the singer was fully cooperating with the authorities regarding the misdemeanor charges.

Rucker's Candid Revelations

During the interview, Rucker also shed light on how he inadvertently ended up with the substances. His friends, unable to fly with certain items during their move, had asked him to transport them, which he agreed to without realizing the implications it would later have on him.

In addition to discussing his legal troubles, Rucker spoke about his new memoir, "Life’s Too Short," which delves into his experiences with Hootie & the Blowfish and his personal battles with drug use. Reflecting on his decision to quit drugs, Rucker shared, "It was one of those things where one day I was just told that I had to quit, so I walked away from it." He credits his ex-wife, Beth Leonard, with playing a crucial role in turning his life around.

Looking ahead, Rucker is excited about the upcoming 50-date tour with Hootie & the Blowfish, hinting that it could potentially be their last. The tour and his candid revelations in his memoir mark significant moments for Rucker as he continues to navigate both his career and personal life amidst ongoing legal proceedings.